National Hurricane Center: Tropical Storm Katia Racing West-Northwest Over the Tropical Atlantic, August 30, 2011 (UPDATE 11 PM AST)

Miami, Florida—(ENEWSPF)—August 30, 2011 – UPDATE 11 PM AST.  The National Hurricane Center is reporting that Tropical Storm Katia is currently racing west-northwestward over the tropical Atlantic, 13.3 N. 37.5 W, approximately 885 miles (1425 km) of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands.  Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph (95 km/h).  Present movement is WNW or 285 degrees at 22 mph (35 km/h).  Minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches).

There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect. 

There are currently no hazards affecting land. 

The National Hurricane Center will continue to monitor Katia.  The next scheduled advisory is 5 AM AST.

Surface Wind Field

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This graphic shows the areas potentially being affected by the sustained winds of tropical storm force (in orange) and hurricane force (in red). The display is based on the wind radii contained in the latest Forecast/Advisory (indicated at the top of the figure). Users are reminded that the Forecast/Advisory wind radii represent the maximum possible extent of a given wind speed within particular quadrants around the tropical cyclone. As a result, not all locations falling within the orange or red shaded areas will be experiencing sustained tropical storm or hurricane force winds, respectively.

In addition to the wind field, this graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). The white dot indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone, and the dashed line shows the history of the center of the tropical cyclone. 

source: nhc.noaa.gov